Digishorts, the Screen WM scheme which has produced such animated local favourites as Momster, The Animal Book, and The Beloved Ones, as well as The Brothers McLeod's latest effort Moon Bird, is back for 2009-10.The past two years, applications for animated shorts were channelled through 4mations, but due to Channel 4's cuts, animated shorts will now be channelled through the central Digishorts scheme again.The scheme can support the production of 6 short films by filmmaking talent in the West Midlands, with production funding of up to £10,000."We're seeking fresh filmmaking by the best and brightest in the region. The scheme is open in genre, and films can be live-action, animation or documentary. As long as they meet the entry requirements, we'll look at them," according to the website.Details of how to apply can be found on this webpage, with the deadline for submissions set at 5pm on Monday 9th November 2009.
The scheme is joint-funded by Screen WM, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and the National Lottery via the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund.
For more information, you can browse the website or even attend one their roadshows, listed below:
Tues 13th Oct (14:00-16:00) Worcester Guildhall, Worcester
Wed 14th Oct (14:00-16:00) The Courtyard, Hereford
Thurs 15th Oct (14:00-16:00) Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Mon 19th Oct (14:00-16:00) MET Studio, Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tues 20th Oct (10:00-12:00) Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury
Thursday 22nd Oct (18:30-21:00) The Studio, Birmingham
To book a place on the roadshows, please contact Simon Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.